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“The Quarry has the same dry, feral quality as Damon Galgut’s best-known novel, The Good Doctor. Galgut’s landscape reminds a reader of Breyten Breytenbach’s South Africa without the overt politicsroads leading to some vanishing point, the feeling of pursuit. . . . The issues of guilt, injustice and redemption give the novel a biblical feel. The writing shines in its peripheral vision, in the backdrops and corners of its scenes.” Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
978-0-8021-4161-3 • $12.00 • Paperback • Feb. 2005
Damon Galgut established himself as a writer of international caliber with the publication of The Good Doctor, which was sold in sixteen countries and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Africa. The Quarry, written ten years ago but never published outside South Africa, is another stark, intense, and crystalline novel in which human nature betrays itself against the desolate backdrop of rural South Africa. It opens with a chance meeting on a lonely stretch of road, when a man picks up a hitchhiker. The driver is a minister on his way to a new congregation in an isolated village and the passenger, a fugitive from justice. When the minister realizes this, and confronts his passenger overlooking an empty quarry, the response is deadly. As the fugitice and the local police chief play out a tense game of cat and mouse, Damon Galgut gives us a devastating combat for man’s most prized attribute: freedom.